odds and ends


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odds and ends

miscellaneous things. There were lots of odds and ends in the attic, but nothing of real value. I had the whole house cleaned out except for a few odds and ends that you might want to keep.
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odds and ends

  (British, American & Australian) also odds and sods (British & Australian informal)
a group of small objects of different types which are not very valuable or important I eventually found my keys buried beneath the odds and ends in the bottom of my bag.
See pay over the odds
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odds and ends

Miscellaneous items, fragments and remnants, as in I've finished putting everything away, except for a few odds and ends. This expression may have originated as odd ends in the mid-1500s, meaning "short leftovers of some material" (such as lumber or cloth). It had acquired its present form and meaning by the mid-1700s.
See also: and, end, odds
References in classic literature ?
George stirred it all up, and then he said that there seemed to be a lot of room to spare, so we overhauled both the hampers, and picked out all the odds and ends and the remnants, and added them to the stew.
Saturday morning it was "fancy starch," and odds and ends, and at three in the afternoon the week's work was done.
From various conversations, at odds and ends of spare time, I discovered that Doctor Dulcifer had begun life as a footman in a gentleman's family; that his young mistress had eloped with him, taking away with her every article of value that was her own personal property, in the shape of jewelry and dresses; that they had lived upon the sale of these things for some time; and that the husband, when the wife's means were exhausted, had turned strolling-player for a year or two.
Odds and ends of correspondence and notes occupied me till nine, and at nine sharp, invariably, I began my writing.
I am no scavenger of odds and ends," he went on, with infinite contempt in his lower lip, "I am a theatrical reporter; and this evening I shall have to give a little account of the play at the Scala.
There is nothing in there now but some odds and ends of machinery.
Inside the roll were changes of underclothing and odds and ends of necessaries.